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NSF's Terms & Conditions Updated

March 20, 2018

(See also: Significant Changes in Research Terms and Condition (RTCs) for all federal sponsors.)

Read below or visit our News page for all details. 

NSF has revised its suite of Award Terms and Conditions (see full listing below). Important changes include:

  • Revision of the Equipment article to align with 2 CFR § 200.313 requirements for all equipment purchased under NSF awards and provide clarity on reporting requirements for NSF-owned equipment; and
  • Revision of the Patent Rights article to implement government-wide changes to the Department of Commerce Bayh-Dole regulations at 37 CFR § 401 effective May 14, 2018.

A summary of changes accompanies each set of terms and conditions.

The revised Terms and Conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards made on or after May 14, 2018. 

NSF revised the following documents:

NSF National Science Foundation logo Additionally, in order to reduce administrative burden, the two CA-FATC supplemental terms and conditions for large facilities and FFRDCs have been combined into one document titled Modifications and Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Major Multi-User Research Facility Projects and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. The Modifications and Supplemental terms and conditions also will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards made to these entities on or after March 1, 2018. 

Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, for the NSF Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management